The future of mobility lies in electric cars, and the whole world is slowly starting to realize the fact. Many governments around the world have started to introduce stringent laws against fuel-powered cars and promote policies to further the EV cause. A good example is the United Kingdom, which has decided to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2025. So, the race is on to adopt electric cars and hybrids at the earliest.
Overall, it is a good decision, since electric cars are a bit more uncomplicated than fuel-based cars. They have lesser moving parts, and they are practically maintenance-free. However, other things can go wrong in an electric car. Such issues might not be mutually inclusive with engine-based vehicles.
Here are some of the problems you have to watch out for if you own an EV.
Electric cars have motors that extract power from batteries. These batteries need to be charged regularly. But if they do not charge properly or don’t charge at all, your vehicle can stop working, and you can be left stranded, without any means of moving forward or backwards.
The charging issues could be because you have a loose charger or connectors. Make sure both ends of the charging cable are secure and that the connectors are working properly. If not, then get a replacement.
However, if the issue persists, then that means your battery has died. In such a case, you need a replacement battery. That costs a lot of money, so be ready to empty your pockets.
Lack of Infrastructure
Since EVs are still new and you rarely see them on the road, private companies and state governments are not investing as heavily as is required to install the proper charging infrastructure. You can get fuel from multiple locations, but you cannot charge your vehicle everywhere. Such a problem needs to be solved before the widespread inclusion of EVs on the road.
Cost of Repair
There are still very few mechanics or technicians who know how to work on an EV. Battery technology is in its infancy, and not many people know the details of its workings. If you are lucky enough to find a professional, you would have to pay large sums of money to get a consult and then some more to get done with the repair.
Moreover, if you have to replace a part, you must wait for a few days to get it from the factory and then spend lots of money to have it installed. Unless there is more training and investment in EV repairs people will be reluctant to buy them.